A breast lift elevates the breasts and restores a more aesthetically pleasing shape and projection. The procedure involves removing excess skin from the breasts and tightening the surrounding tissues. This process helps reduce sagging and improves contour for a perkier, more youthful breast profile.

What can a breast lift do for me?

  • Restores a plump, lifted, youthful appearance
  • Improved breast symmetry
  • Reduced discomfort
  • Improved nipple position and projection
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Improved well-being and quality of life
  • Long-lasting results

Is a breast lift right for me?

As women age, their breasts naturally start to sag due to changes in the body. This is partly because, around age 25, the body produces less collagen and elastin – two proteins that provide lift and elasticity in skin and tissue. With less collagen for firmness and elastin for bounce-back, breast tissue becomes weaker, stretching and creating a saggy look.

Other factors can also contribute to breast sagging over time:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Genetics

No matter the cause, even the perkiest breasts will eventually change, drooping lower on the chest wall or appearing deflated or flatter.

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Breast Lift Before & After

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Candidates for breast lift surgery

Ideal candidates for a breast lift are individuals who are nonsmokers, in good overall health, committed to maintaining a stable weight, and have realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes. Patients who typically enjoy exceptional results from a breast lift procedure are those with:

  • Sagging breasts (breast ptosis): A breast lift can be advantageous for women who are dealing with breast sagging or drooping because of factors like aging, pregnancy, or weight loss.
  • Nipples low on the breast or pointing downward: If your nipples point downward or fall below the breast crease when unsupported, a breast lift can reposition them for a more natural height.
  • Stretched areolas: Enlarged or stretched areolas can be reshaped and reduced during a breast lift, improving overall breast appearance.
  • Asymmetrical breasts: If one breast is lower than the other or they are an uneven size, a breast lift can improve symmetry.
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Breast lift consultation

At Boston Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr.  Vickram Tandon and Dr. Sean Doherty are dedicated to understanding your individual anatomy and aesthetic goals. They will offer their insights to help determine the optimal surgical approach for enhancing the appearance of your breasts. Their primary objective is to create beautiful, natural-looking breasts that look natural, refreshed, and youthful.

We understand the significance of this deeply personal choice. Our team is committed to equipping you with all the necessary information, empowering you to make a confident decision when considering breast lift surgery. Before your consultation, we invite you to review our breast lift before and after images to help visualize potential results.

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What is the experience?

For a successful breast lift surgery, thorough preparation is essential. Start by consulting with an expert plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Tandon or Dr. Doherty. During your consultation, you will discuss your aesthetic goals, current medications, and medical history. After your consultation, you will be provided with personalized, pre-operative instructions.

Before your breast lift

These instructions may include quitting smoking, adjusting medications, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Please follow these pre-operative instructions carefully, as it will contribute to the longevity of your results. You should also arrange for someone to assist you post-surgery, as you’ll need help with daily tasks during recovery. Lastly, plan your recovery space with comfort in mind and have all necessary supplies ready, such as loose-fitting clothing and pain medication.

What to expect?

  • The breast lift procedure is a personalized surgical plan designed for the unique needs and aesthetic goals of the individual. The procedure involves the following:
  • Anesthesia: To ensure patient comfort during the procedure, general anesthesia is administered.
  • Incision: Depending on the degree of lift required, your surgeon will make incisions around the areola, horizontally along the breast crease, or vertically down from the areola to the breast crease. These common incision types are utilized during the procedure: crescent incision, donut incision, lollipop incision, or anchor incision.
  • Reshaping: During this process, excess skin is precisely and meticulously removed, while the underlying breast tissue is reshaped to improve firmness and breast contour.
  • Nipple repositioning: The nipple and areola can be repositioned to a forward-facing, youthful height. If necessary, enlarged areolas can be reduced by excising skin around the perimeter.
  • Breast tissue tightening: Once the breasts are reshaped, and the excess skin is removed, the remaining breast tissue is tightened.
  • Closing incisions: The incisions are closed with sutures, and the procedure is complete.

Your recovery after a custom breast lift

After a breast lift, patients can expect several weeks of recovery. Initially, there may be swelling, bruising, and discomfort, managed with prescribed pain medication. Patients should wear a surgical bra 24/7 for several weeks to support healing and avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks to prevent complications.

Our team will schedule follow-up appointments to offer personalized instructions and monitor your progress. The most significant improvement typically appears around six weeks post-procedure, but individual recovery times vary, so closely following your surgeon’s instructions is key for optimal results.

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What are the scars like?

In the immediate aftermath of breast lift surgery, you’ll notice that incisions are visible and may appear red, raised, or swollen. Over time, these scars will gradually fade and flatten. Breast lift surgery, like any surgical procedure, does result in some scarring. However, with proper care and time, these scars can often fade significantly, becoming far less noticeable. Most patients consider the results of a breast lift procedure to be so rewarding that minor, barely visible scars do not bother them.

Breast Lift FAQ

What is a breast lift, and how does it differ from breast augmentation?

Will a breast lift increase my breast size?

What can I expect during recovery after a breast lift?

Will I have noticeable scars after a breast lift?

How long do the results of a breast lift last?

Can I combine a breast lift with other procedures?

What is a breast lift, and how does it differ from breast augmentation?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure aimed at elevating and reshaping the breasts to restore a more youthful and perky appearance. It involves removing excess skin, tightening breast tissue, and repositioning the nipple-areola complex. In contrast, breast augmentation involves the use of implants to increase breast size and volume. While breast lifts primarily address sagging and improve breast shape, breast augmentation focuses on enhancing breast size.

Will a breast lift increase my breast size?

A breast lift primarily addresses breast sagging and reshapes the breasts to create a more youthful contour. While some patients may experience a slight increase in breast size due to tissue tightening, the primary goal is to lift and rejuvenate, not to significantly increase breast size. If you desire both a lift and an increased size, we may recommend combining a breast lift with breast augmentation.

What can I expect during recovery after a breast lift?

Recovery after a breast lift typically involves several weeks of healing. You may experience initial swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It is recommended to wear a surgical bra 24/7 for several weeks to support the healing process. Strenuous activities should be avoided for at least two weeks to prevent complications. The most significant improvement is usually seen around six weeks post-procedure, with individual recovery times varying.

Will I have noticeable scars after a breast lift?

Breast lift surgery does result in some scarring. However, with proper care and time, these scars can often fade significantly and become less noticeable. Your surgeon will use various incision techniques to minimize scarring as much as possible. Many patients find that the rejuvenated appearance of their breasts outweighs any concerns about scarring.

How long do the results of a breast lift last?

The results of a breast lift are long-lasting, and many patients enjoy the benefits for many years. However, it’s important to note that breast aging can continue over time. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and natural aging may affect breast appearance. Maintaining a stable weight and following a healthy lifestyle can help prolong the longevity of your breast lift results.

Can I combine a breast lift with other procedures?

Breast lift surgery can often be combined with other procedures to achieve comprehensive enhancements. Common combinations include breast augmentation for increased size and volume, tummy tuck for body contouring, or facial procedures such as eyelid surgery or facelift for a stunning face and body transformation. Our surgeon will discuss the possibilities during your consultation to help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals.

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